Nearly half of European local government bodies are using open source software while nearly a third don’t know that they are using open source at all.
A Maastricht University survey of 12 counties has reportedly found 49 per cent using Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) while 70 per cent said they expect usage to increase.
In a comment on the viral nature of FLOSS, it turned out that 29 per cent of authorities who said they did not use FLOSS actually do use open source software such as operating systems, databases and web servers.
Still with the public sector, New Zealand recently announced that it was to increase the use of OSS through a partnership with Novell. Their National Business Review has a report on the response from some of their politicians.